On This Day in History: September 27, 

2019May God Bless and Save the United States of America – Our Constitutional Republic !

Bless My Homeland Forever

As I reflect upon the seventy-five years of my life and the most consequential election of my lifetime tomorrow, how I long for the America of my boyhood. An America where We the People believed in our national motto “In God We Trust.” An America where it was fashionable to attend church on Sunday. An America where our Founding Fathers and our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, were revered. An America that beheld “Old Glory” with pride.

I am reminded of the first time I felt pride in our nation and our flag. I was less than ten years old and was watching a television Christmas special in the early 50’s. Kate Smith was entertaining the soldiers in Korea. They had made a large Uncle Sam’s hat and hung a huge flag behind it. She was on top of the hat singing. It was then that I first heard “God Bless America”. I shall never forget the feelings that were engendered in me that night.

This simple one-verse song had become an overnight hit during World War II. Composer Irving Berlin said in a 1940 interview, “It’s not a patriotic song but an expression of gratitude for what this country has done for its citizens, of what home really means.” In this beloved song is the phrase, “While storm clouds gather far across the sea.” Today, however, in 2020 as in 2001, these “storm clouds” are not in some distant land but here at home between the shining seas.

God Bless America Link

Approximately 2100 years ago, a young man of 25 was made general of a vast army, which was raised up to preserve the liberty of the land. And as he rode throughout the country to consolidate his forces, the record indicates “that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it – in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children – and he fastened it upon the end of a pole (and he called it the Title of Liberty.)” (Al 46:12,13)

Similarly the pilgrim fathers who arrived here in the 17th Century raised different banners, but all to the same end that they might have “liberty” to worship God as they pleased. So these banners were also ‘Titles of Liberty’. In just six short years our nation should celebrate its Sestercentennial. A period of 250 years of Liberty. This should be a time to remember when our Founding Fathers raised a new “Title of Liberty,” the Stars and Stripes, and proclaimed their “liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof.” Tomorrow will determine if it will be so.

It is difficult for me to understand why so many want to destroy the Constitutional Republic bequeathed to us “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”, but they do. They have NO love of Liberty. They only seek for Power and will utilize any means to obtain it. They seek for a Welfare Socialist State with them as rulers while We the People become slaves on their government plantation.

Throughout our history however there have always been patriots willing to serve. Men and women in uniform and families who served silently while they waited. Always our flag, our ‘Title of Liberty’, has fluttered above them in the breeze and observed their patriotism just as it observes ours today. I have often wondered if it, our “Title of Liberty”, could talk how we would measure up today. If We the People are continuing to pass on to our posterity the love of liberty and patriotism our ancestors passed on to us. If We the People are still striving “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

I am grateful for my heritage of service. For my great-great-grandfather, LT. Silas W. Piper and the five sons of my ancestor Jacob Dell all of whom served in the Civil War. For my namesake uncles, William Miller and Joseph Dell, who served in World War II. And I am most grateful that I have been able to serve our nation for 25 years in the Navy. I hope that I have been true to the trust of Liberty. I hope that I have instilled in my daughters a love for liberty and a desire to preserve it. We the People, as individuals, families and a nation, need to remember the nearly three million men and women who have given their lives in defense of this great nation, I quote from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, “It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

It is my solemn prayer that our Constitutional Republic will be preserved. It is my solemn prayer that Satan and his minions will be defeated. It is my solemn prayer that ALL AMERICANS will swear allegiance to a land that’s free and that We the People will always be grateful to God for a land so fair. A land of the free because of the brave. A land We the People call HOME!

Our Centennial Hymn Link

  1. God of our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand
    Leads forth in beauty all the starry band.
    Of Shining worlds in splendor through the skies
    Our grateful songs, before thy throne arise.
  2. Thy Love divine hath led us in the past.
    In this free land by thee our lot is cast.
    Be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay.
    Thy Word Our Law, thy Paths our chosen ways.
  3. From wars alarms, from deadly pestilence,
    Be thy Strong arm our ever sure defense;
    Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
    Thy Bounteous goodness, nourish us in peace.
  4. Refresh thy people on their toilsome way;
    Lead us from night, to never ending day;
    Fill all our lives, with love and grace divine,
    And glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !